“Just sit on the toilet”: NM abortionists send women to hotel rooms alone to await room-service abortions

by 1389 on July 1, 2013

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Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Late-Term Abortion Industry – New Mexico

Published on Jul 1, 2013 by LiveActionFilms
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LiveAction has the story:

Arlington, VA – Live Action has released the sixth video in its latest undercover investigation, Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Abortion Industry.  The video, found at www.liveaction.org/inhuman, exposes abortion doctors at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico revealing disturbing aspects of the facility’s protocol, including the practice of leaving women alone in hotel rooms to deliver their dead children.

An unnamed counselor at the facility advises Live Action’s 27-week-pregnant investigator:

If we can’t catch it [delivery of the dead baby – the final stage of the abortion procedure] early enough, which has happened … then you’ll want to unlock the door to the hotel room, get your cell phone, and just sit on the toilet.  You don’t have to look at anything … you can stay on the phone with us until the doctor and nurse get there[.]

Dr. Carmen Landau echoes this advice, telling the Live Action investigator to “sit on the toilet” and “unlock the hotel room.”  “Just sit there,” Landau says, “and you would not move until we come and get you.”

Live Action President Lila Rose condemned Southwestern Women’s Options and what she calls the “abortion-first mentality.”  “Abortion corporations like Southwestern Women’s Options and Planned Parenthood will say and do anything to ‘close the deal,’” Rose said.  “Leaving a woman alone on the toilet in a hotel room and saying ‘call us and we’ll come get you’ – at a time when seconds can make the difference between life and death – is profoundly irresponsible and negligent.  We must never forget that abortion is a business first and foremost – a business willing to destroy a helpless, voiceless child for literally thousands of dollars.  We cannot be surprised when they send women off in the middle of a dangerous procedure for ‘room-service abortions.’  But we can be disgusted, and we can demand an end to it.”

Southwestern Women’s Options was a subject of Live Action’s previous video, titled “What is Human?,” in which Dr. Landau likened the lethal injection that kills the fetus to “a flu shot, really.”

The new video also presents an abortion counselor offering misleading information on whether the 27-week pre-born child will feel the lethal abortion injection.  “[If the baby]‘s bottom-down, it’ll insert through the baby’s bottom, [and] if it’s head-down, it’ll be inserted through the cranium.”

“I don’t know if it’s developed enough to feel that,” she says.  “It might be.”  The Live Action video includes references to K.S. Anand, an expert on fetal pain, and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showing that pre-born children at 20 weeks and older definitely feel pain – likely more acutely than older children do.

Dr. Curtis Boyd, who co-owns Southwestern Women’s Options, also runs Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas.  The facility offers abortions up to 24 weeks, the state’s legal limit.

Texas became an abortion battleground in June, with Governor Rick Perry calling a special legislative session to address the discovery of Douglas Karpen’s Gosnell-like “House of Horrors” in Houston.

Live Action has sent letters including the complete New Mexico footage, which is available online, to elected officials in both New Mexico and Texas.  Recipients include Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and the twenty state representatives who called for an investigation into the Karpen facility.  Live Action is demanding investigations in both states of Curtis Boyd and his staff.

“We’re urging pro-life officials like New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez to put an end to the inhuman and brutal practices going on in these facilities,” Rose said.  “And as Texas legislators seek to vote on a bill that would protect pain-capable babies from an agonizing death, we pray that they will put an end to Curtis Boyd’s bloody handiwork as well.”

Live Action is a youth-led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending the human rights abuse of abortion. The group uses new media to educate the public about the humanity of the unborn and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless. More information at LiveAction.org.

Washington Secrets: Doctor: Have your abortion on a ‘toilet’

On the eve of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s special legislative session to debate a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks, a disturbing new video has surfaced in which a New Mexico abortion doctor tells a patient undergoing a three-day abortion process for her 27-week-old baby to sit on a toilet if the fetus starts to come out unexpectedly while away from the clinic.

In the latest investigation from the antiabortion group Live Action, which has produced five other controversial video and audio investigations at abortion clinics in their “Inhuman” campaign, the doctor recommends that the woman sit on the toilet for the stillbirth until abortion clinic aides arrive to take the fetus away. A clinic counselor told the woman not to look in the toilet, suggesting she put a towel across her legs.

Dr. Carmen Landau of Albuquerque’s Southwest Women’s Options clinic also told the woman investigator not to call 911 if the baby unexpectedly started to come out if the patient wasn’t in the abortion clinic.

From the transcript of the investigation provided to Secrets:

Dr. Landau: Yeah you do not need 911, you need us.

Woman: OK.

Dr. Landau: We’re your one-stop shop.

Woman: Yeah. Because the hos– they, they, they, don’t, I mean what, what, what, what would they do different there?

Dr. Landau: No it would just be terrible. Because then you’re gonna, “oh, I’m having a third trimester abortion” and they’re all “Aghhh,” and no, you don’t need–

Woman: And they try to like, have you do things.

Dr. Landau: Who knows. Not something that we would want to find out, what they would try to do.

Woman: You don’t wanna–

Dr. Landau: Yeah that would just be weird, and not that’s just not what you need. You need us to take care of you, ’cause we know how to take care of women in this situation.

Woman: Yeah, oh, OK, yeah. And the same thing if I, if it, pops out when I’m at the hotel–

Dr. Landau: Exactly. If you felt like all of a sudden, if you’re one of those lucky people that has no pain in contractions, and you’re all of a sudden like, “agh something’s coming out,” then you sit on the toilet, then you call us, and you unlock the hotel room and we’ll come in and take care of you.

Woman: Sit on the toilet and call you. OK.

Landau, according to the audio of her conversation with the woman, said that emergency workers wouldn’t know what to do. “They would freak out, you would freak out, and then you would end up in some ER where you don’t want to be, where they can’t help you,” she said.

Landau is the same doctor featured in a previous Live Action video during which she told the patient that the pain of the death shot given to a baby is similar to a flu shot.

In the new production she said the a fetus doesn’t feel much pain. “A fetus at this stage of development has very limited abilities to understand or feel in the way that you and I do. Right? Like, like any living thing, if you pinch it will move away. And that’s a very primitive pain response. And that’s about all that it has at this stage,” said the doctor.

Also in the video, the doctors and counselors explain in detail the three-day abortion process, make sure the wants an abortion and even probe to find out of the father of the baby is in agreement.

The clinic is known for doing late-term abortions. From the transcript:

Dr. Landau: People come all over, from all over the country, and from all over the world, to our clinic–

Woman: Oh wow.

Dr. Landau: Because in most places you cannot get an abortion after 24 weeks.

Woman: Yeah.

Dr. Landau: So we see a lot of people who are pretty late in their pregnancy.

Late-term abortions have always been more controversial and are now at the center of a debate in Texas where a plan to bar them failed last week. Perry’s special legislative session beginning Monday will take up the ban again.

The abortion clinic in new Live Action investigation also has a branch in Texas, which could be come part of the abortion ban debate.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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